Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

Richard W. Malott

Malott Dick

Western Michigan University


Dr. Richard Malott, with more than 40 years of experience at Western Michigan University, has used the principles of behavior to construct teaching models and behavioral systems that have been sustained over several decades. As a result, he has taught generations of students to use behavior analysis in their everyday lives as learners, teachers, practitioners, and citizens, and has provided the training grounds for many of the field's leaders in behavioral systems design. Richard Malott is a prolific, creative, and engaging writer who has authored some of the field's most important and widely read publications, including Elementary Principles of Behavior (first with Donald Whaley and then with Maria E. Malott and Elizabeth Trojan Suarez), which is in its sixth edition. His innovative use of multimedia has captivated audiences for decades.


He helped found what would become the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and has been instrumental in its survival, growth, and vitality. Dr. Malott's many contributions include establishing ABAI's Teaching Behavior Analysis special interest group and its Education Board.




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